Bobby Seale is producing a feature length motion picture dramatization that chronicles his legendary life as Chairman, co-founder and national organizer of the Black Panther Party. According to Bobby, "the narrative will follow the history of the Black Panther Party including the involvement of its leading membership."
In a recent interview with Mr. Seale, he stressed that "The real heroes in my Black Panther Party were all the thousands of sisters and brothers who made the many programs work. What makes me feel proud of being a part of the history and legacy of the Panthers is the courageous and creative young brothers and sisters who helped organize it. Our feature film, “SEIZE THE TIME: The Eighth defendant.”will tell our American sixties protest movement history and the true history of the Black Panther Party that every human being on earth must know from the silver screen. I am hoping that everyone who can afford will support my film project."
Bobby undertook the task of producing his own cinematic life story because of his frustration with movie companies who produce films about him without his involvement. "They usually contact me after they have made their film and often times expect me to endorse it. I feel obliged to do this until I see the final product."
Since the late 1970s, Bobby Seale has spoken to millions of people on college campuses, TV programs and radio stations worldwide. Audiences have been mesmerized by his charismatic speeches as he relates his personal experiences of a historical period that helped shape today’s politics. Now these experiences will be integrated into a feature film.
Most cinematic depictions of the Black Panther Party leave out the FBI's efforts to terrorize the Panthers through its counter intelligence program. This led to Panther members being assassinated and legally framed based on the false testimony of FBI informants.
The image of Bobby Seale chained, gagged, and bound to a chair in a Chicago courtroom is one that lives in America’s national consciousness. This film tells the story of how he got there, and how he survived. It comes from Bobby Seale’s memories, with his approval and in his voice. It offers dramatic and essential insights into United States history and the conflicts and contradictions that reverberate to this day.
"There is an entire generation of young people who know nothing about how viciously the FBI attacked us and why. Even people of my generation don't know that J. Edgar Hoover said the Black Panthers Breakfast for Children program represents the greatest threat to America's national security.”
“Seize The Time; The Eighth Defendant " will give its audience a glimpse into the life of Bobby Seale. It will also narrate the tumultuous 1960s and 70s, an era which the Panthers helped shape. A cast of actors will play the part of the people who were Panther members and show the social movement they created. The film will highlight how the Panthers prevailed.
Bobby explains, “ Most people don't know that we won 95 % of our courtroom cases. " This happened in a period of time where their lives and those of their comrades and families were constantly threatened and undermined.
To find out more about Bobby's journey to produce "Seize the Time, The Eighth Defendant." watch the promotional video on the film's Indiegogo funding page. Bobby Seale has also written a book, “SEIZE THE TIME". If you would like to purchase an autographed copy of “SEIZE THE TIME", you can find one at his Indiegogo Funding page. The purchase of the book will support and be part of getting his important independent feature film produced: